79th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, Senate Concurrent Resolution 2 Page: 1 of 3
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S.C.R. No. 2
1 SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
2 WHEREAS, Created in 1999 to help state and local
3 jurisdictions prepare for a national emergency, the Strategic
4 National Stockpile is a repository of pharmaceuticals and medical
5 supplies administered jointly by the United States Department of
6 Homeland Security and United States Department of Health and Human
7 Services; and
8 WHEREAS, Currently, if an act of bioterrorism occurs within
9 Mexico near the United States border, it is up to each United States
10 border state, including Texas, to request and deploy the Strategic
11 National Stockpile across the border to protect the citizens of the
12 state; and
13 WHEREAS, Procedures for deploying Strategic National
14 Stockpile assets require the affected state governor's office to
15 request deployment from the Centers for Disease Control and
16 Prevention or the Department of Homeland Security; although the
17 assets are transferred to state and local authorities once they
18 arrive at the designated receiving and storage site in the affected
19 state, the stockpile materials remain a federal asset; and
20 WHEREAS, Deployment, which may include a mass antibiotic
21 dispensing operation, requires substantial state and local
22 resources to receive, secure, and distribute Strategic National
23 Stockpile assets; staging and dispensing the assets in another
24 country requires a coordinated, comprehensive approach that is best
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Texas. Legislature. Senate. 79th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, Senate Concurrent Resolution 2, legislative document, June 18, 2005; [Austin, Texas]. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth157953/m1/1/: accessed February 21, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.